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Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet

TRANS-ATLANTIC CABLEGRAM

June 28, 1898.

To: Sampson, Playa del Este, Cuba.

 

     The President has this day proclaimed a blockade of the entire southern coast of Cuba from Cape Cruz to Cape Francis1 and of the port of San Juan de Puerto Rico.2

Long.        

Source Note: CS, DNA, RG 45, Entry 29. In handwriting next to addressee’s line: “122736.” Sent on form of the Postal Telegraph Cable Company with company information and advertisements.

Footnote 1: ”from Cape Cruz to Cape Francis” is a handwritten interlineation.

Footnote 2: The initial blockade of Cuba was proclaimed on 23 April retroactive two days. See: Long to Cmdr. James M. Forsyth, 23 April 1898.

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